“Vakratund Mahakay Suryakoti Samaprabha, Nirvighna Kurmedev Sarvakaryeshu Sarvada.”
Ganapati Mandir (Temple) is a Hindu temple devoted to lord Ganesha. It is located at Dombivli (east) in the heart of the city. Over the years, the Ganesh mandir (temple) became renowned and its deity (Lord Ganesha) got named as “Gram Deivath” of dombivlikars (people living in dombivli).
Devotees take the darshan of God and do circumambulation for 1, 3, 5, 11 or 21 times around the Lord. Most devotees offer Lord Ganesha with red flower of hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), and/or durva (Cynodon dactylon) in 21 numbers as they are considered as favourite of Lord Ganesha.
Ganesh Mandir is one of the most revered places of worship in Dombivli city. Thousands of devotees every year visit the Ganesh temple and get the blessings from the lord. More than usual number of devotees visits mandir on Sankashti Chaturti, Tuesdays, and on weekends.
It is believed by worshipers that Lord fulfils the wishes of the devotees who do the navas i.e. wish done by a devotee humbly and with complete commitment.
History of Temple
In British era, on 22nd May 1924 inception of Ganesh mandir with a small statue of Lord Ganesha was done by the villagers of Dombivli town. It was in 1926-27, the first committee of members for Ganesh Mandir was formed. The Laws of Temple were written in 1936, and the temple was open to people from all sections of society from 1936.
Renovation of Temple
First renovation of temple happened in 1940. On 27th October 1952 the Udak Shanti pooja of the newly build edifice was done. The temple building that we see today was built in 1979 during the second renovation.
Recently (2010-2011), Ganesh temple is renovated again. It includes the change in entrance of Temple which is now shifted in exact opposite side of Ganesha Idol. Also, a five storey building is built behind the temple where office and quarters are made available for mandir staff.
Ganpati Mandir Architecture
Ganesh Temple structure is a big edifice, painted in red, and has a unique architectural pattern which has made it a well-known landmark in town. Specifically, the step-wise pattern for the roof above the gabbara is phenomenal and distinctive. Above this the kalash is placed.
Mandir consists of a small Gabhara (sanctum sanctorum) in which a Ganesh Statue is placed in devara (a small mandir with 4 pillars, covered with silver). In front of Gabhara is a large sabha mandap (hall), which provides devotees with enough place for worship.
The temples of other Lords are placed in eastern corner of mandir with a small gabhara dedicated for every lord, only the mandir of Lord Hanumana is placed in opposite direction of Lord Ganesha.
Deities in Temple
Ganesh Temple is a complete place of worship with main deity as Lord Ganesha. The statue has a trunk turned to right. Ganesh Murti (statue) has 4 hands, carrying a mala (garland of beads), a pair of parshu (axe), and a kamadalu, respectively. Lord is sitting straight with left leg folded and kept above the right leg. Ridhi and Sidhi (Two wives of Lord Ganesha) are placed on either sides of god.
The mouse is the vahana (vehicle) of Lord Ganesha. It is placed in front of Lord Ganesha in Sabha Mandap. Mouse is crafted in silver and is one feet tall. It is believed that if you tell your wish in ears of mouse it would be completed faster. So, many devotees are seen telling the wishes in mouse’s ears.
The deity is around 2 feet in height and is carved in white stone. The statue is placed above an asan (a flat structure about 1 feet high with filled base) made of stone.
Other deities are Lord Shankar, Pandurang, Datta, Krishna, Durga Mata, Ram, and Hanuman.
How to Reach Ganpati Mandir?
From Dombivali Railway Station:
A brisk walk for 10 minutes from Dombivli Railway station will make you reach Ganesh Mandir.
It takes 5 minutes by rickshaw to reach temple. It charges you 19 rupees.
From Dombivli ST Stand (MIDC):
It takes 15 to 20 minutes by rickshaw to reach Ganesh Mandir. It charges you 30 to 40 rupees (approx.).
From Thakurli Station:
It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to reach temple
It takes 7 to 8 minutes by rickshaw to reach Ganesh Mandir. It charges you 19 rupees.